'No point', 'zero chance': Some Everton fans unimpressed by reported links to £89m-rated ace

Nathaniel Kay March 24, 2021
'No point', 'zero chance': Some Everton fans unimpressed by reported links to £89m-rated ace
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Some Everton supporters have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at discovering Kalidou Koulibaly is apparently top of the Toffees’ transfer wish-list.

TalkSport reported Carlo Ancelotti wants to be reunited with the centre-back he coached at Napoli for almost two years.

Here’s how some Everton fans reacted to the news on Twitter:

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Carlo and Kouli

Ancelotti and Koulibaly worked together at Naples for 18 months before the Italian manager took over at Everton in 2019.

Koulibaly remained with Napoli, the club he has been with for more than half a decade, despite interest across Europe whenever a transfer window opens.

The towering centre-back is closing in on 300 appearances for the Serie A side, with two domestic cups in his trophy cabinet.

However, the Senegal skipper may not reach that milestone if Everton decide to come calling.

Cons of signing Koulibaly

Doing so would certainly set back the Toffees a few pennies.

With Koulibaly’s current contract not expiring until June 2023, Napoli have valued the Senegal international at £89 million (talkSport).

It’s certainly a hefty price to pay for a player who is 30 in June and has played in France and Belgium but not the Premier League.

Koulibaly has also suffered a number of injuries during the past few seasons, which will ring alarm bells.

Everton good with what they’ve got

Everton fans may question why Ancelotti needs Koulibaly.

The club already has senior central defenders in the shape of Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina.

Individually, they may not have the superstar credentials of the Napoli ace.

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However, as a collective the quartet have formed a formidable defensive unit this season under the auspices of Ancelotti.

Signing Koulibaly would probably mean one of the four having to depart Goodison Park.

All make a good case for staying put on Merseyside, with no indication any of them are looking to leave.

European essentials

None of this speculation is likely to matter if Everton fail to qualify for Europe next term.

Napoli are in a decent league position to qualify for the Champions League or at least the Europa League.  

Things will become clearer as the season enters its finale.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.